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Security personnel killed, another wounded in confrontations in Tikrit

Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk in Iraq. Archival photo. Reuters.
Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk in Iraq. Archival photo. Reuters.

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) A security personnel was killed, while another was wounded in confrontations with suicide attackers in Tikrit island, Salahuddin, a security source said.

“Security troops clashed on Tuesday evening with two suicide attackers wearing suicide belts in Tikrit island, as they were trying to sneak into Tikrit to carry out terrorist crimes,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Security forces managed to kill the attackers, according to the source, who preferred anonymity.

“Confrontations left one personnel killed and the other wounded,” he added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.



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